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, the sequester. the faa told us they don't have enough people at kennedy so oui not taking off. i said you have to be kidding me? i'm sorry. wield have loved to announce it to people so you could go mack your calls, but the faa has ordered a full stop and we are not allowed to do anything and we have no idea until two minutes ago. >> what about the sequester's impact in a real way on ticket sales particularly for government employees and the like and travel will? i know we reported decent quarters and i know we've been talking about them as investments for the first time ever as opposed to trade. >> there is a concern for business travel and leisure travel. >> the board says on time, and they have no control of whether it's on time. suddenly on time means nothing, david. on time means nothing because if you look at it they don't know. i said, come on, delta has to know. the faa said please tell people it's because we're shorthanded and we don't want to be shorthanded in kennedy when you land, and i thought that was wise. i too, would like enough air traffic controllers to handle kennedy opinion
but this investigation is going beyond that. this is looking at the f.a.a. pros for certifying airplanes. the way it works now is the f.a.a. does rely on the manufacturer because they want to get the planes certified in a timely manner. what the original process found with the battery, maybe it could catch on fire once every 10 million flight hours. what happened were two fires in 52,000 flight hours. since then the battery has been resigned and the company is saying and the government is saying that redesigned battery should be just fine. take a listen. >> we believe that the work that was done on the original battery, that that failure rate was an appropriate failure rate and we believe that we've restored that design intent at this point. >> it's still concerning there's no root cause yet discovered by the company or the government as to why the batteries caught fire. one in the air by japan and the other at boston's logan airport. as for the logan fire, the f.a.a. was asked whether or not there could have been a problem if the plane was in the air and they say they don't know how to make the
penalty. >>> passengers experienced some delays at u.s. airports on monday as the faa began imposing furloughs of air traffic controls. but the widespread traffic never really materialized. flight aware.com says only about 150 flights were canceled. and is while some people waited nearly two hours to take off, delays were much shorter on average. let's get more now from aviation industry consultant ray. ray, good to see you. this isn't just a story about monday, is it? the real question is what happens as these furloughs continue to play out? >> yes. it's going to take at least a couple of days before we see the full impact of these budget cuts. >> talk a little bit about what's coming down the pike. it's pretty significant, to some extent. >> it is. and i think this puts forward a good argument on why the faa should be a public corporation in the u.s. with its own budget to get away from some of the politics of washington. this is a mandatory type of function that the airlines do need and is it's going to be very costly to the airlines, i believe, if this situation continues to move
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